Living in the Pacific Northwest, being able to open and close the garage door from inside the car during those blustery months is a lifesaver. It’s a pretty simple process: Push a button to open the door or to close the door. Outside of dead batteries in the clicker or some kind of power outage, most garage door openers are pretty consistent.
For decades, the remote in the car has been shoved in the glove compartment, placed on the center console, or clipped to the sun visor. Over the past decade, though, smart technology has started to creep in. Many cars have door operation remote controls built-in, removing the need for the clicker altogether.
The Smart Revolution
Today there are even more options for opening your garage door, all with the ability to be operated from your smartphone. You’ve had this feeling before, we’re sure: A few blocks away from your home, you begin to wonder if you closed the garage door. Then you’d circle back just to make sure.
With smart garage door control, you can double-check with your phone (once you’ve safely pulled over of course). You’ll be able to shut the garage door from anywhere so long as you have WiFi in the garage. You can even add cameras so you can check on all of your stuff while you’re away.
Ponderosa Garage Door and Repair has researched the new hardware and software of these smart garage door openers. With so many options, it’s important to figure out what’s most important for you. When you’ve made your decision, we can help with installation.
Finding The Right Smart Garage Door Opener
There are a variety of “hubs” for the home, TVs, refrigerators, and other smart home products to make life easier. It’s no different for smart garage door openers. While the basic functionality is the same – lifting and closing residential garage doors – there are additional options that may appeal to you.
Many smart openers can be tied into the smart hub of your home. Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit are well-known options, so many openers are geared towards those brands. Google Assistant and IFTTT are other apps that can tie all of your smart technology together, including your garage door opener.
There is no one “right” garage door opener for everyone. There will always be a cost consideration of course and brand names may be important, too. But it could all come down to exactly what you want in a smart garage door opener beyond opening and closing the garage door.
Chamberlain, Liftmaster, and Genie are all long-time manufacturers of openers, so it makes sense they would have a smart opener entry. The Chamberlain MYQ Smart Garage Hub is a relatively inexpensive option that will tell you the status of your door in real-time so you can act accordingly.
The Aladdin Connect from Genie will let you know if someone is trying to open the garage with the opener or manually. The Liftmaster myQ app will let you set recurring schedules for your door to shut. There are also several aftermarket equipment options to choose from. The Alcidae Garager 2 comes equipped with cameras and The Nexx Garage app allows for voice controls.
Many openers have similar capabilities and interact with several operating systems. But it doesn’t hurt to check first. For example, the Tailwind iQ3 won’t integrate with your Apple Homekit but does work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. As we all know, compatibility is very important when it comes to technology.
Almost any garage door opener can be made smart with additional equipment. Some are wireless while others require hardwiring to the opener. Some devices use magnets, others use adhesive, and a few need bracketing. Proximity to the door sensors is also a concern for a few products.
When researching a smart opener, make sure you understand how they are installed. If you aren’t mechanically inclined (or know how to work with tools), you may need to call in reinforcements. Call Ponderosa Garage Door and Repair for help with installation or even guidance on what smart option would be best for you.
Professional Garage Door Contractors
Your garage is the largest entry point into your home and the largest moving part of your home. When it comes to curb appeal, your door could make up nearly 40 percent of the front of your home. Your garage door is a unique mix of usability and aesthetics when it comes to your home.
Missing or broken panels detract from the overall beauty of your home. Squealing rollers and tracks are annoying and other issues with your garage door can make it a big hassle to deal with. And when it doesn’t open on command – with smart technology or not – your car can end up being trapped.
Ponderosa Garage Door and Repair has been repairing, replacing, and installing garage doors for more than 25 years. We work with residential and commercial doors, offering the same fast service and great customer service no matter the job. Whether it’s installing a new torsion spring or replacing the whole system, you can trust us to get it done right. Reach out today for a Get Started.